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Kai Tak site accident being probed

The Government expressed that it is highly concerned about an accident involving the collapse of a bamboo scaffold at a Kai Tak construction site today in which two workers were killed and three others injured.   A preliminarily investigation by the Buildings Department (BD) found that the scaffold, measuring about 15m by 8m, fell to the ground from the external wall on the 19th floor of a building under construction.   The BD said it will conduct a comprehensive investigation into the cause of the incident, including whether the scaffold, as temporary works, complied with the Buildings Ordinance and whether the registered contractor and any related persons have properly discharged their responsibilities.   It added that if anyone is found in contravention of the ordinance, it will take follow-up actions, including instigating prosecution and referring to the Contractors Disciplinary Board for disciplinary proceedings.   The Labour Department (LD) also launched an immed

Transport blueprint unveiled

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)

 

The Government promulgated the Hong Kong Major Transport Infrastructure Development Blueprint today, with a view to meeting the city’s long-term transport and logistics needs up to 2046 and beyond.

 

Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung said: “The blueprint aims to drive development, strengthen connection and improve efficiency in order to cater for the public’s and visitors’ commuting demands as well as the city’s development needs.

 

“The blueprint also promotes cross-boundary integration with the Mainland, particularly with other Greater Bay Area cities, and linking up with the world.”

 

In terms of specifics, the blueprint includes proposals for enhancements to the “Three Railways & Three Major Roads” initiative, and new projects as part of “Two Railways & One Major Road”.

 

“Three Railways & Three Major Roads” involves three strategic railway proposals, namely the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Rail Link connecting Hung Shui Kiu and Qianhai, the Central Rail Link, and the Tseung Kwan O Line Southern Extension, as well as three major road proposals, namely the Northern Metropolis Highway, the Shatin Bypass and the Tseung Kwan O-Yau Tong Tunnel.

 

Meanwhile, “Two Railways & One Major Road” comprises the Northern Link Eastern Extension, the Northeast New Territories Line, and the Northern Metropolis Highway (New Territories North New Town Section).

 

The blueprint also includes proposals to build green mass transit systems in East Kowloon and Kai Tak, with these serving about 300,000 and 50,000 people respectively.

 

At a press conference today, Mr Lam told reporters that the Government plans to invite suppliers to submit expressions of interest for these two projects next year, while continuing to carry out preliminary planning and design.

 

He explained that it takes time for the Government to conduct analyses for the projects.

 

“For the Kowloon East transit system, the difficulty lies in the fact that the alignment will run along congested residential areas.

 

“So we need to plan and design the alignment that makes it viable. ‘Viable’ means that it can be buildable and that it will cause the least disturbance to the traffic as well as residents nearby.”

 

He added that it may take around 10 years to complete construction because the Government needs to be mindful of nearby residents and traffic systems.

 

“But I promise you that we will make every effort to advance the implementation so that residents or citizens nearby can enjoy the transit system as early as possible.”


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